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VETERANS-FRENCH HONOR

4 North Carolina WWII veterans receiving French honor

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Four World War II veterans from North Carolina are being celebrated by the French government with a ceremony in which they'll receive that country's highest military honor.
France's top government official in the southeastern United States will bestow Legion of Honor medals to the four Friday in a gathering at the old Capitol building in Raleigh. It's all part of the country thanking service members who helped liberate France in 1944 and 1945 from the Nazis.
The honorees are John Irby III of Raleigh, Salvatore Maiello of Fayetteville, Morton Jacobs from New Bern and Robert Senter of Fuquay-Varina. Legion of Honor recipients are designated by French President Emmanuel Macron.

CHEMICAL-RIVER

Chemical company's unreported spill may lead to waste ban

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina regulators say they're suspending and may revoke a chemical company's key permit after it didn't report the spill of an unregulated compound.
The Department of Environmental Quality said Thursday it is moving to revoke The Chemours Co.'s permit to discharge wastewater from operations at its Fayetteville plant into a neighboring river.
Regulators say the discharge ban could come in 60 days because the company failed to report a spill last month of a precursor of the chemical GenX.
The agency said this week it was considering fining the Wilmington, Delaware-based company for failing to report the spill.
The company did not respond to an invitation to comment. It's not clear how much a ban on discharging wastewater would affect production at the plant that employs about 900 workers.

PRISON-ATTEMPTED ESCAPE

NC prisons were growing more dangerous before deadly attack

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina prisons were already a more dangerous place to work before four employees at an understaffed prison were killed during a failed breakout attempt last month.
State prisons data provided to The Associated Press show assaults on prison staff so far this year are already 50 percent higher than five years ago. The same period has seen a near-doubling of assaults at Pasquotank Correctional Institution so serious that employees missed work.
The prison system has meanwhile cut the number of inmates by about 3,000.
North Carolina's prisons agency did not provide an official who could give reasons for the growing danger.
The head of the legislative committee likely to shape prison reforms said Thursday lawmakers are determined to improve safety, salaries and staffing.

COACHES FIRED-THREATS

2 North Carolina coaches fired after threat involving gun

(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Two coaches at a North Carolina school have been fired after one of them was accused of threatening the other with a gun.
The Charlotte Observer reports Charlotte Country Day said Thursday that neither 29-year-old Tyrez Tarell Neal nor 29-year-old Dijuan Harris is employed there. Neal was head coach of the junior varsity girls' basketball team. Harris was an assistant coach on the varsity boys' basketball team.
On Wednesday, police responded to a call of an assault with a deadly weapon at the school. Country Day security told officers that there was an altercation between two coaches on campus. Officers found two firearms belonging to Neal and arrested him without incident.
Neal is charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds. It's not known if he has an attorney.
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CHILD ABUSE-MAN WANTED

North Carolina police look for man in child abuse case

KINSTON, N.C. (AP) - Police in North Carolina are looking for a man in connection with a child abuse case.
The Kinston Police Department says officers were called to a day care facility on Nov. 7 after a child was brought there with what was described as obvious signs of abuse. The child was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
The Department of Social Services assisted with the investigation and took the child into their custody.
Police have issued warrants for 29-year-old Kieron Montay Bass, charging him with felony child abuse as well as five unrelated warrants. The relationship between Bass and the child wasn't immediately known on Thursday.

TOWN OFFICIAL-ASSAULT CHARGE

North Carolina town official, brother accused of assault

CHOCOWINITY, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina town official and his brother are charged in connection with an assault.
The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office told local media outlets that Chocowinity Town Commissioner John "Curt" Jenkins Jr. is charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury. John Aaron Matthew Jenkins is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and assault inflicting serious bodily injury.
According to a news release from the sheriff's office, the alleged assault stemmed from an argument between the victim and a relative of the Jenkins brothers. The victim said he was knocked to the ground by one of the suspects, while the other suspect kicked him.
Both brothers are free on bond. It's not known if they have attorneys. John Jenkins has denied the allegations.

COAL ASH-CLEANUP

Federal utility: $900M to move power plant ash to landfill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A federal utility's top executive estimates it would cost $900 million to move coal ash under court order from a Tennessee power plant to a lined landfill onsite.
Tennessee Valley Authority CEO Bill Johnson said in an interview Thursday that moving the ash offsite from the Gallatin Fossil Plant would cost $2 billion and is the less-preferred option.
In August, a federal judge ordered the ash excavated and removed, saying it's leaking pollutants into the Cumberland River in violation of the Clean Water Act. But the judge said there was scant evidence of any harm caused by the pollution.
TVA is appealing the order, hoping it can instead cap the ash ponds over 12 years at a $200 million cost. Environmentalists and the district judge worry capping risks further pollution.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE-MOORE

North Carolina elections officials want campaign's records

(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's elections agency wants bank records from a state lawmaker's campaign that's filed donation reports late or with discrepancies in recent years.
An elections board official wrote Democratic Rep. Rodney Moore of Charlotte this week saying her office was still working to reconcile his filings and that "there are a number of issues still outstanding."
Citing a records request, The Charlotte Observer reported an analysis of campaign filings showed 17 contributions totaling $9,450 from political action committees to Moore's campaign are not listed in Moore's paperwork.
Moore - now in his fourth term - said Wednesday those numbers sounded a "little far-fetched" but he's working with his campaign treasurer to clear up any problems. The newspaper said Moore's campaign was assessed five late-filing penalties in the last two years.
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